Diamond Comic Distributors Announces the Top 10 Comics and Graphic Novels for 2017

Diamond Comic Distributors has released their top 10 comics and graphic novels ordered in 2017. Looking at the top ten, it’s clear events rule taking up nine of the top ten single issues in 2017. Marvel‘s “return to its core” led the pack with Marvel Legacy #1 coming in first place. It was the best-selling comic published in units and dollars. DC ComicsDark Nights: Metal #1 was in second.

Marvel Comics finished the year as the comic book specialty market’s top publisher, leading in both Dollar and Unit Market Shares, with a 36.36% Dollar Market Share and a 38.30% Unit Market Share. Marvel Comics had five of the year’s top ten comics.

DC Entertainment was the comic book specialty market’s number two publisher in 2017 with a 30.07% Dollar Market Share and a 33.93% Unit Market Share. Overall, DC had five titles in the top ten comics for the year.

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ award-winning science fiction epic, Saga from Image Comics once again dominated the top ten graphic novels chart and solidified Image Comics as the year’s third largest comic book publisher, with a 9.80% Dollar Market Share and a 10.12% Unit Market Share. Image Comics took eight of the top ten graphic novel spots. The best-selling comic book for the year from Image was Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #146 at #82.

IDW Publishing was the comic book specialty market’s fourth largest publisher, propelled by its licensed titles from Hasbro, Disney, and Lucasfilm. The company’s Dollar Market Share was 4.54% for the yearStar Wars Adventures #1, a kid-friendly title based on the iconic film franchise, was IDW’s top-selling comic book, landing at #381 for the year.

Dark Horse Comics‘ creator-owned titles helped the company to be the fifth-ranked publisher in the comic book specialty market in 2017 with a 3.12% Dollar Market Share. Dark Horse’s top comic book for the year was Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows #1, an adaptation of the acclaimed novel by P. Craig Russell and Scott Hampton, at #292.

2017 TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 36.36% 38.30%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 30.07% 33.93%
IMAGE COMICS 9.80% 10.12%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.54% 3.66%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.12% 2.25%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.10% 1.85%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.90% 2.04%
TITAN COMICS 1.15% 0.97%
VIZ MEDIA 1.15% 0.41%
ONI PRESS 1.00% 0.64%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.81% 5.83%

2017 TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

QTY

RANK

RETAIL

RANK

DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 1 MARVEL LEGACY #1 $5.99 JUL170990-M
2 2 DARK NIGHTS: METAL #1 $4.99 JUN170233-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
3  4 PETER PARKER: SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1  $4.99 APR170970-M  MARVEL COMICS
4  19 SECRET EMPIRE #0  $4.99 FEB170758-M  MARVEL COMICS
5  10 SECRET EMPIRE #1  $4.99 MAR170901-M  MARVEL COMICS
6 14 DARK NIGHTS: METAL #3 $3.99 JUL170304-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
7 15 DARK NIGHTS: METAL #2 $3.99 JUL170300-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
8 6 DOOMSDAY: CLOCK #2 $4.99 OCT170204-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
9 16 DARK NIGHTS: METAL #4 $3.99 SEP170248-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
10 5 PHOENIX RESURRECTION: THE RETURN OF JEAN GREY #1 $4.99 OCT170824-M MARVEL COMICS

 2017 TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

QTY

RANK

RETAIL

RANK

DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 1 SAGA VOLUME 7 TP (MR) $14.99 JAN170850 IMAGE COMICS
2 14 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMAGE COMICS
3 6 THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 27: WHISPERER WAR TP $14.99 AUG168569 IMAGE COMICS
4 24 PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 1 TP $9.99 JAN160645 IMAGE COMICS
5 4 BATMAN VOLUME 1: I AM GOTHAM TP $16.99 OCT160291-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
6 28 MONSTRESS VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 APR160803-M IMAGE COMICS
7 3 RICK AND MORTY VOLUME 1 TP $19.99 JUL151482-M ONI PRESS
8 5 THE WALKING DEAD: HERE’S NEGAN HC (MR) $19.99 JUL170766-M IMAGE COMICS
9 12 SAGA VOLUME 8 TP (MR) $14.99 OCT170715 IMAGE COMICS
10 38 SEVEN TO ETERNITY VOLUME 1 TP $9.99 DEC160767-M IMAGE COMICS

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world. Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during 2017, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. The category tables in this press release are ranked by units sold by Diamond to its accounts for the comic books and graphic novels categories.

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